Decoding exercises: "ao"

From Teflpedia
IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice

The letter combination "ao" has several different pronunciations; however the only common word is extraordinary. This article sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

  • /ɔː/: extraordinary
  • /aʊ/: Bilbao - cacao - ciao /tʃaʊ/ - Maoism /ˈmaʊɪzəm/ - Maori /ˈmaʊriː/ - Sao Paulo /ˌsaʊ ˈpaʊləʊ/ - Taoism
  • /aɪ/: gaol,BrE now replaced by jail
  • /əʊ/: faraoh

Two different syllables[edit]

  • /eɪɒ/: chaos - chaotic - pharaonic
  • /eɪɔː/: aorta
  • /eɪəʊ/: baobab - Naomi /neɪˈoʊmiː, neɪˈoʊmaɪ, ˈneɪoʊˌmaɪ, ˈneɪoʊˌmiː/
  • /iːəʊ/: karaoke /ˌkæriːˈəʊkiː/

Variant pronunciations[edit]

  • Laos: /ˈlaʊs, ˈlɑːəʊs, ˈleɪɒs/

See also[edit]